Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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June 23, 2014

Effingham juniors best Shelby County 11-5

Post 120 1-1 in Mattoon, SC 0-2

MATTOON — It wasn’t a masterpiece for either side, but Effingham Post 120’s juniors moved to 1-1 with a five-inning 11-5 win over Shelby County Posts 289/611/725 at the Mattoon Firecracker tournament Monday.

Shelby County lost its first game 7-6 to Macon County’s second team, while Effingham fell 6-0 to Moultrie-Douglas County to open the tournament early Monday morning.

Kicking off the second game just before noon, Effingham took a 1-0 lead when Bryar Jansen scored on a wild pitch on a strikeout and never looked back.

Post 120 scored once again with two outs in the second when Eli Burhmann scored thanks to an error by Shelby County pitcher Zach Monroe. They’d score three more in the third on a Zach Bateman RBI single that plated another on an error, and a two-out RBI single by Ryan Barnes.

“Bats were good, pitching was good, defense was pretty good,” said Effingham coach David Woltman. “So, got a good win.”

Despite the early 5-0 deficit, the Shelby County squad didn’t pack it up. After back to back walks and a wild pitch, Monroe drove in Josh Overbeck with a sacrifice fly and Devin Deremiah grounded out and scored Derek Moschenrose to make it 5-2.

Effingham answered with three more in the fourth, chasing Monroe, with an RBI single by Bateman and a two-run single by Cory Osborn. Shelby kept at it, scoring three in the fourth on a two-run triple by Monroe and an RBI single by Nic Hutchinson.

Post 120 would put it away for good, however, up 8-5 in the fifth with three more runs. Michael Woltman had a sacrifice fly to score James Kabbes, Jansen scored on a wild pitch and Bateman grounded out to score Lane Koenig.

“Our pitching was a little lacking today, but we can’t put all the blame on the pitching,” said Shelby County coach Travis Easton. “Our bats were asleep as well. The guys came out, played hard but we had some errors that were costly. Hopefully we’re going to start fresh tomorrow.”

The game was called after the fifth inning due to the tournament’s time limit rule of one hour and 45 minutes with Effingham leading 11-5. Michael Woltman got the win in four innings, giving up five runs (two earned) on four hits. Colby Utz pitched the fifth.

David Woltman said it was a good effort despite some setbacks with walks and errors for his son Michael on the mound.

“I’m proud of him, because last game, Dad dropped the ball and he threw 135 pitches,” David Woltman said. “I was happy he was able to rebound and give us the innings we needed.

“With wooden bats, you’ve got to throw strikes. Sometimes they’re going to hit it and get hits, and sometimes they’re not.”

Monroe took the loss, allowing eight runs in 3 2-3 innings on eight hits and three walks, while Devin Deremiah and Tylor Kemper each pitched 2-3 innings.

For Shelby County, Hutchinson was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a hit by pitch, Monroe was 1-for-2 with a triple and three RBIs and Overbeck and Moschenrose each scored twice.

Effingham was led by Bateman’s 2-for-4 day with three RBIs, Jansen was 2-for-3 with three runs, Kabbes scored twice while going 1-for-3 and Burhmann was 0-for-0 but walked three times and was hit by a pitch, scoring once.

Post 120 is now 1-1 and plays Macon County’s 1 team at 8 a.m. at Lake Land College and Mattoon’s 1 team at 12 p.m. at Grimes Field. Shelby County takes on Danville’s 1 team at 10 a.m. at Grimes Field and Mattoon’s 1 team at 5 p.m. at Grimes Field.

Effingham Post 120          113     33     11 9 3

Shelby County Posts

289/611/725               002     30     5 5 5

WP - Woltman (4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 4 BB) LP - Monroe (3.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 K, 3 BB)

Effingham: Kabbes (1-3, 2 R, HBP); Jansen (2-3, 3 R, HBP); Woltman (1-3, RBI, R); Koenig (1-2, 2 R, BB, 2 SB, HBP); Bateman (2-4, 3 RBI, 2 R); Burhmann (0-0, R, 3 BB, HBP); Osborn (1-4, 2 RBI); Barnes (1-1, RBI, 2 BB);

Shelby County: Overbeck (0-3, 2 R, BB); Moschenrose (0-1, 2 R, 2 BB, SB); Monroe (1-2, 3B, 3 RBI, R); Hutchison (2-2, RBI, HBP); Deremiah (0-3, RBI); Easton (1-2, BB); Kemper (1-2, HBP)

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